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Good introduction, but waffly and a little lacking in content
on 24 April 2012
Caroline Foley's book is worth reading if you're starting out with an allotment - but there are better books out there. It's got a good introduction to setting up an allotment, clearing and establishing the plot and a useful calendar of jobs to do, but is a little lacking in detail. There's lots of stylish visual content that can detract a little from what's being said, and I'd warn anyone starting out not to read through the "diseases" section in one sitting as you'll be completely dispirited afterwards, but there is good content there. It's useful, and had lots of good tips, but is a bit waffly and a little outdated now - the recommendations it makes for varieties don't list the new disease-resistant ones that have come out in the past few years. A much better buy is John Harrison's "Vegetable Growing Month by Month" which is more contemporary, more practical and more down-to-earth. A good book, but not the best out there.